Job details

Painting and Decorating Instructor
Harbour House

Closing date: 17/09/2021

Salary: £24,686.42

Employment type: Permanent

Hours per week: 37

Painting and Decorating Instructor

(No teaching qualifications necessary)

£24,686 per annum

Permanent, 37 hours per week, based in Preston

​​​​​​​across Monday to Friday (No weekend work)

We will also consider, part time, job share, flexible schedule or term time.


Preston Vocational Centre (PVC) was created as a place where young people, struggling in mainstream education, can come to learn a trade from a hands on perspective. All of our teachers have come from a trade background. We are a subsidiary of Community Gateway, providing vocational training in trades along with other high quality support for young people and adults in Preston and further afield.  We work with local schools, engaging young people and increasing employment prospects for learners. 


This isn’t your standard teaching role. You're going to be making a difference to young people, for whom mainstream education isn’t the most suitable option. By sharing your trade experience and encouraging young people to progress, you'll be supporting communities and changing lives. You'll help students complete thier level 1 construction courses and move onto employment, further study or apprenticeships. Not only is this role hugely rewarding, but you'll be supported by a fantastic staff team, made up of tradesman, many of whom either wanted to do something different with thier skills or in some cases wanted to step back from the physical demands of the trade industry.  

Although this is a teaching role, you do not need to be qualified to teach. We are looking for trade experience. We will fund your basic teaching qualification which you'll do on the job during your first year.  You'll be teaching in a environment set up to simulate trade environments in the industry, rather than in traditional classrooms and you'll find that the atmosphere at PVC has an 'on the job' feel.


  • Excellent painting and decorating skills are crucial, so you'll need a strong trade background in painting and decorating.
  • You’ll have worked in the painting and decorating industry for at least three years, so you can give our students an insight into the world of work.
  • You’ll have experience of assessing students’ skills against set criteria – this could have been gained on site, not necessarily in a formal training environment.
  • You’ll be able to show us examples of how you have continued to learn new techniques and technologies in your trade area.


We aim to make our employee experience second to none and our benefits package reflects how much we value our colleagues.

You'll get a pension in which we will contribute to, enabling you to build a solid pension pot for piece of mind. You'll also get access to be able to manage and view your pension online.

Company paid health cash plan that enables you to claim a large variety of health related costs back, get free access to an online doctor 24/7 and much more. We'll even include your children on the policy.

Generous holiday plan giving you paid time off.

Paid Christmas shut down, this is in addition to your holiday allowance!

Paid Birthday off work.   

Paid leave for sickness and emergencies

Free 24 hour access to a wellbeing service, supporting you with almost all aspects of your life.

Earlier finish time on Fridays

Recognition and reward portal including high street discounts

Self service people system for you to be able to access and manage all your details whenever you need to.

Free tea and coffee on site 

Tools, uniform and PPE provided

A range of special events throughout the year celebrating successes and good causes​​​​​​​

Paid bank holidays off work

Christmas Savings scheme and Holiday purchase scheme

​​​​​​​Cycle to work scheme

Wellbeing events and treats throughout the year

​​​​​​​Mileage and expenses paid for journeys above and beyond the normal route in and out of work.

Free on site parking


The closing date for this advert is Friday 17th September 2021 at midnight with interviews expected to be held the following week.  As part of the selection process you will complete a trade test to show us your super painting and decorating skills, followed by a more formal interview – but don’t worry, we’re a friendly bunch and we know interviews aren’t everyone’s cup of tea.  


PVC is committed to providing a safe and supportive environment for all our learners. All applicants for posts will be thoroughly vetted as part of our appointment procedures, including enhanced DBS checks.

And finally, inclusion is key for us.  We would love to hear from people from diverse backgrounds for this role.  For more information about our approach to diversity in recruitment click here:


If you have read all this and you want to be part of our fantastic organisation, working with a motivated and passionate team that truly makes a difference to our learners, then click ‘Apply Now’ to upload your CV.

If you want to have an informal chat about this vacancy, please contact: Martin Grayston on 01772 880680.


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